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Farm Manager

Reference: NOV20218080

Location: Isle of Oronsay

Salary: £36,604 - £40,608

We are looking for an exceptional manager for an exceptional site. You will be an agriculturalist with a robust knowledge of conservation or a conservationist with a robust knowledge of agriculture. In fact, you will need to be robust too; this is a post on a remote island - which itself is off a remote island! Your levels of resilience, self-motivation and commitment must match your specialist knowledge. Your team management and social skills will also need to be of the highest order - not least as you and your team of two will be the majority of the island's permanent population.

About the role

The farming revolves around a herd of pure Luing cattle and a flock of predominantly Scottish black-face sheep. We expect these to be managed to the highest levels of livestock welfare and quality production. You will be working to an already in place five-year management plan but you will be expected to contribute fully to annual and ongoing reviews of the site - and to the development of the new plan when it comes due. You will be a senior member of the Argyll, Arran & Ardnamurchan Team, receiving support from and offering support to your immediate colleagues and those in the wider RSPB team.

Essential Skills:

  • A high-level knowledge of agriculture, practice and business, and conservation.
  • Experience of managing a team of staff and/or volunteers.
  • Ensure the highest professional levels of livestock care and welfare are implemented for both RSPB owned livestock and livestock under RSPB responsibility.
  • Develop and manage the reserve budget to ensure financial compliance and delivery of the RSPB’s objectives, whilst securing optimal income levels from trading, subsidy and agri-environment grants.
  • An ability to work across disciplines.
  • Be resilient and self-motivated.
  • Be able to contribute to annual ongoing reviews of the site.
  • Machinery maintenance skills.
  • Be able to work outdoors in all weather.
  • Be able to carry out physical work.
  • Have a full driver's license valid for use in the UK.


  • Have a good knowledge of west coast farming
  • Project management and delivery
  • Tractor and telehandler tickets
  • An advanced Powerboat qualification
  • Experience of island/small community living

Closing: 10 December

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Closing Date: 10/12/2021  Location: Isle of Oronsay

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